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Tuesday, May 13, 2008
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Knowing that this is happening in the county that was Sera's first home just makes this all the harder to read. That's nothing, however, compared to how difficult it is for those experiencing this first hand.


This is the primary school in Liangping County. The middle section remains standing while the sections on either side have collapsed. If you look closely, you can see the blackboard on the remaining wall.

Rescue workers digging through the rubble. The latest numbers state 5 deaths and over 100 students injured.

What can we do? Here's the scoop from Jenny Bowen of Half the Sky:

Hello again,

During the past several hours Half the Sky has been working hard to get more information about the children impacted by the Sichuan and Chongqing earthquake. We know that it is not only children in welfare institutions who are in trouble. We know that hundreds of children have been separated from their families, have lost their parents, are hurt, traumatized and in pain. We know we must help; we have been working to figure how best to do so.

We have just a little bit of news. There have been hundreds of aftershocks, one reported to be as strong as 6.0. Children have again been evacuated from the Chengdu institution. Relief workers have arrived in the epicenter, Wenchuan. The Ministry of Civil Affairs (this is the ministry that HTS works with and also the agency responsible for disaster
relief) has been unable to reach orphanages in the most affected areas:
Mianyang, Zitong, Deyang and Aba. There are other welfare institutions in the affected areas but no others that house children. Each of the four institutions above houses about 100 children. We believe they will need help. We will continue to watch and wait.

Many of you have asked us to set up an emergency relief fund, like we did during the winter storms. Given the nature of this disaster and the fact that help for children may well be needed outside welfare institutions (where we have a direct line) we have waited to set up such a fund until we had absolute assurance that we could put a system in place to deliver the aid where it is most desperately needed.

Half the Sky takes the designation of a donor-restricted gift seriously – that’s our promise to you. We understand that when you make an emergency donation, you put your trust in us. We have spoken very carefully about this with our colleagues at the Ministry of Civil Affairs. We now have their promise as well.

In cooperation with the ministry, we have now set up the Half the Sky Children’s Earthquake Fund. Your donations to the fund will be used to provide emergency and long-term relief to children affected by the disaster. Relief will include emergency shelter, food, and medical care for children orphaned or separated from their families. It will include temporary or long-term foster care or, when necessary, temporary institutional care.

We have a commitment from the ministry that we will receive regular updates on the use of funds and, most important, the well-being of the children.

Within a few hours we will have available a dedicated donation site. In the meantime, if you wish to make a gift to aid children in Sichuan and Chongqing affected by the quake, you may donate through our website, www.halfthesky.org. Please note that your gift is for earthquake relief.

I will give you more information as I receive it. Please don’t write to ask about the situation in specific locations. I will tell you everything I know.

Thank you for caring so much about the children.

with love,
Jenny

Jenny Bowen
Executive Director
Half the Sky Foundation
www.halfthesky.org

Half the Sky was created in order to enrich the lives and enhance the prospects for orphaned children in China. We establish and operate infant nurture and preschool programs, provide personalized learning for older children and establish loving permanent family care and guidance for children with disabilities. It is our goal to ensure that every orphaned child has a caring adult in her life and a chance at a bright future.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Tammie said...

I look at the pictures of what has happened in China & cringe trying to not cry. Upon hearing the news of the earthquake & hearing where everything is going on, my mind immediately went to all the children that I know from these areas. My heart sinks knowing that China will have to work so hard to recover & how many people's lives have been changed because of yet another disaster.

Blogger Meredith Teagarden said...

Magi,

I have been going through Kaffe-Klatsch withdrawls! My computer is not opening your page. Today it finally did after several minutes! If I am not appearing to stop by, it is not because I don't want to!

This China earthquake is SO devastating! The photos are beyond any words...

I caught up and love the Mother's Day picture card you received !! Darling!

Also, we spent Mother's ADy at Dim Sum...Very delicious!

Jane LOVES music too!

Blogger Barb said...

This is so heartbreaking, Magi. It's hard for it to seem real when you watch it on the news. I can't imagine the horror of something like this.

Blogger Marcia said...

I'm glad you put the half the sky donation site up. I need to do that on my blog. For some reason I'm having a hard time doing links...I may need an IT consult from you :)

Ava's b/d is coming up and I think that donating to HTS in her name makes a great gift!

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